Why extra-biblical resources for spiritual authority are so frustrating

Last week I posted an article called “Jesus is THE prophet of God” on Keltonburg Preacher and I received a comment that questioned the reliability of such a statement and belief. By doing so the comment revealed why extra-biblical resources for spiritual authority are so frustrating. How’s that? Let me show you how by dropping you in midstream of the conversation.

The reply to my article:

“Well, i’m a Christian and I believe Jesus to be the Son of God, not a prophet”

My reply:

“…Now as to whether or not Jesus was a (and more importantly “the”) prophet of God consider a few things: Continue reading

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Why Can’t People Talk Bible When They Say They Want To Talk Bible?

This question is one that boggles my mind. People want to talk about biblical topics but they do so without wanting to talk about what the scriptures say.

The conversation/debate/discussion (whichever may be case) about the scriptures begins but soon reverts into and ends with “I think” or “I feel” or “I believe” or “The catechism says” or “The creed book says” or “The “father” in Rome says” and on and on it goes.

Why can’t we do what Peter simply said to do when he wrote, “If anyone has anything to say, let it be as the words of God….” (1 Peter 4:11 – BBE) Why do we read that the church is built upon the prophets, the apostles and upon the cornerstone of Christ (Ephesians 2:20), but then try to defend the church we belong to with the words of people other than the prophets, the apostles and Jesus?

The scriptures aren’t open to personal interpretations that cause people to contradict one another. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2) and the scriptures come from God (2 Timothy 2:16-17), so the obvious conclusion is that the scriptures can’t contradict. If our “personal interpretation” causes the scriptures to contradict then it’s not the scriptures that have the problem – it’s the interpreter!

Feelings alone do not interpret the scriptures. The Jews who failed to heed Paul’s preaching about Jesus from the Old Testament scriptures did so because they relied upon personal feelings and human traditions without God’s word. The Jews who believed and accepted Paul’s preaching about Jesus from the Old Testament did so because they relied upon feelings directed by the scriptures of God (Acts 17:11). Human emotions can be turned in the wrong direction, but God’s word reveals the true path of righteousness to stay on (Jeremiah 7:24, 13:10, 17:9; Psalm 119:105, 172; Romans 1:16-17).

Talking Bible isn’t always easy because talking Bible isn’t what everyone wants to do. But regardless of how we feel about the Bible, we will get much further with the Bible when we talk with it instead of talking about it.

So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32)

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“Word,” the email discussion list on Bible texts

Take a look at this email discussion list on YahooGroups, with the simple name of “Word.”

Each week the moderators will post an Old Testament and a New Testament text for discussion, study and application.

The list has been quiet of late, could use some good participants.

It was amazing that this name was available on YahooGroups as late as 2008.

#bible-discussions, #bible-study, #yahoogroups